For many decades, we have searched for ways to lower transportation pollution. In recent years, ride-sharing has become a growing means of sustainable transportation. Ride-share allows passengers to order a ride to drive them to their destination through websites or apps. Unlike taxi cabs, ride-share drivers use their vehicles to transport their passengers. The newest trend in ride-share options are electric scooters. The scooter company, Bird, is one of the top in that industry
How does Bird work?
Bird is a dockless electric scooter sharing company founded in 2017. To rent a scooter, you have to download the Bird app, which shows you where all the Bird scooters are located in your area. The app unlocks the scooter when you are ready to ride it. In cities with high populations, scooter sharing is a great way for commuters to get around.
Bird scooters and safety
Bird wants its riders to be safe when using their electric scooters. The company informs its customers on how to be safe while they ride. The most important rule is not to ride the scooter on the sidewalks unless the law requires or permits it. Next, if the rider rides on the road, it is encouraged that they use the bike lane or ride close to the curb. Like bicycles, electric scooters face the dangers of riding alongside large vehicles.
Laws regarding electric scooters
Illinois does not have laws that specifically address the usage of electric scooters. However, Illinois state representatives have proposed a bill meant to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code to include rules on electric scooters. Some of the new requirements for scooter users include:
- Driver’s license, identification card or permit
- Minimum age limit
- Use of scooters where bicycles are permitted
- Lights and reflectors
With over 10 million Bird riders, laws across the nation and in Illinois need to be put in place to prevent increase safety and prevent injuries. Even though no specific state laws exist regarding electric scooters, Illinois laws on motor vehicle accidents may still apply in case of accidents. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident while using an electric scooter, you need to contact a scooter accident attorney. Right after your accident, however, you should:
- Call 911
- Move your scooter to a safe location
- Exchange information with the other driver(s)
- File an accident report
If you are the victim in a motor vehicle accident while you were on an electric scooter, you may end up with medical bills, pain and suffering, and inability to go to work. You may have to file a lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve. Lawsuits are time-consuming and can be very complex, so it is best to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney representing your rights. Contact Briskman Briskman & Greenberg today, if you were injured while riding your Bird electric scooter.